New Year, New Challenges, New Focus

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New Year

With the New Year, most of us typically look forward at what we want to do differently. Resolutions are set. Plans are made. As a blogger, things are no different.

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Each group I am in, bloggers are laying out their plans for the New Year. More traffic. Grow numbers. Less giveaways. Better planning. Whatever it may be there are changes to be made. I am in that group.

focus

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Back to Basics

Perhaps my reasoning is different than some. My husband lost his job last month and has currently been working alongside me. That means that this blog is now our biggest source of income for the time being. With 5 little mouths to feed that puts a bit of a fire under your feet to get things done. I want to get back to the basics of blogging and simply do what I intended to do all along: write.

I have never been one to make resolutions… but I do believe in setting goals. My biggest goal which I simply MUST ascertain is a base monthly income. I need to determine exactly what that needs to be and then get it done.

I want to grow my readership with real numbers. Those readers that come back again and again to actually read what I write. To engage in conversation. To be a part of my online community. I enjoy that type of engagement and miss it.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~Sylvia Plath

I want my voice back. The real me. The voice that speaks my mind and what I want to say… not what others want to hear. I am still working on courage in a few areas, but I think I can do it. I simply have to write that first post and get it out there. That first step is always the hardest.

And I do not necessarily want to run from reviews. I do like sharing information with others. It has become quite fun actually. I enjoy learning about so many great new products and the PR relationships are simply amazing to form. I would hate to lose any of that. So, the reviews will remain. A few giveaways here and there, as needed. But, I do hope to mix in more content as the year goes along.

Baby Steps

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Therefore, I guess we can consider this baby step #1. I am putting it out there and so it must be done. The internet in all its glory will work to hold me accountable. Right?

What is your goal for 2013? Have you changed focus?

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